Seat of the future could help reduce the health risks caused by sitting down too long; research part of JLR’s commitment to making societies safer and healthier
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced it is developing the seat of the future, which is a shape-shifting system designed to improve customer wellbeing by tackling the health risks of sitting down for too long. The ‘morphable’ seat uses actuators in the seat foam to create constant micro-adjustments that make the brain think the occupant is walking. This seat of the future is being trialled by JLR’s Body Interiors Research division and could be customised to each driver and passenger.
JLR said that over a quarter of people worldwide live increasingly-sedentary lifestyles, which can shorten muscles in the legs, hips and gluteal causing back pain. However, the technology simulates the rhythm of walking through a movement known as pelvic oscillation, which can help mitigate the health risks of sitting down for too long on extended journeys.
The research into this futuristic seat is part of JLR’s commitment to continually improve customer wellbeing through technological innovation. Previous projects included research to reduce the effects of motion sickness and the implementation of ultraviolet light technology to stop the spread of colds and flu. Together, these efforts are driving towards Destination Zero, which is Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Through relentless innovation, Jaguar Land Rover is adapting products and services to meet the rapidly-changing world, the company noted.
Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, said the wellbeing of its customers and employees is at the heart of all the company’s technological research projects. The company is using its engineering expertise to develop the seat of the future using innovative technologies not seen before in the automotive industry to help tackle an issue that affects people across the globe, he added. Dr Iley has also issued advice on how to adjust the seat to ensure the perfect driving position. It includes removing bulky items in the pocket, shoulder positioning, ensuring the spine and pelvis are straight, as well as supporting thighs to reduce pressure points.